What do you do if you’re the quarterback of a major division one college football program that defied all the odds and had a record breaking year in the first season in your new conference?
What do you do if you’re the quarterback who took your team into Tuscaloosa, Alabama and dethroned the number 1 ranked, mighty Crimson Tide when nobody gave you a chance to even keep it close?
What do you do if you’re the quarterback of a football team that finished the regular season ranked #8 in the BCS polls and secured a date in the Cotton Bowl under first year head coach Kevin Sumlin?
What do you do if you’re the quarterback that became the first freshman player, in the history of the award, to win the Heisman Trophy; and the first for your school in over 50 years?
What do you do if you’re Johnny Manziel?
Go to Disney Land? Actually, that response is reserved for Super Bowl MVP’s.
So where do you go? Well, there’s nowhere to go but up, just barely. Especially after the season Texas A&M just had. And after the records Johnny Manziel broke this year, there’s not much more he can accomplish.
There is one thing, however, that Texas A&M, Johnny Manziel and Kevin Sumlin need to accomplish. A National Championship. Anything else, from this point forward, will be a disappointment.
If you don’t like it, don’t blame me. That’s the world we live in. When head coaches annual salaries are 10-15 times higher than that of the leader of the free world, the expectations will be high and the patience will be thin.
We live in a microwave society that clings to mantra, “What have you done for me lately?” Win and you get to stay and be a legend. Lose and you’re yesterday’s news. So you better keep winning.
Just ask Gene Chizik, formerly of Auburn. He had the best player on the planet in Cam Newton. In 2010, they won a National Championship together. Everybody in Auburn loved him as he hoisted the coveted crystal ball. Then 2012 happened. No Cam Newton, no national title. They went 3-9 and now Gus Malzahn is the head coach for the Tigers and Gene Chizik is updating his resume.
If you want to blame someone, blame Nick Saban. He won a National Championship in his third year at Alabama and is preparing his team to play for their third title in four years. He’s ruined nearly every other major college football program in the country. All he’s done is set the expectations at a level that is unrealistically attainable for 90% of the programs across the country. But don’t try to tell athletic directors that. As they pour hundreds of millions of dollars into facilities and salaries, they have bills to pay. So they want to win and they want to win now.
They give the coaches and players virtually everything they need to succeed. A wise man once said, “To whom much is given, much is expected.” In this case, they’re expected to win. And win now.
But that’s the world we live in.
This year has been an exciting year for Texas A&M and Aggie Nation, and it’s not over yet. A Cotton Bowl victory over the Oklahoma Sooners would be a great way to end their magical season.
So what do you do if you’re a quarterback named Johnny Manziel? There’s only one answer: win a National Championship.